Originally Posted by tonton
Oh, my God.
This is total bullshit. Since when has heaven been defined as absence of damnation? But with further punishment? You're lying.
Heaven has always and will always be defined as glory, eternal happiness. And the question about how a mass murderer who 'finds Christ' in his heart in his dying breath deserves this glory while Mahatma Gandhi does not remains.
This may surprise you, but I agree. This is something I've never been comfortable with. Christians believe that only through Christ will they find eternal salvation. My question is: Does that really mean that something like 4.5 billion non-Christians go to hell? I have a lot of trouble with that. The only way out of that would be if, in the immediate moments before death (at the moment of death perhaps), they have an epiphany and suddenly accept Christ. I suppose that is possible. What I do not believe is that God would condemn billions to eternal hell just because they never even had the opportunity
to know Jesus. I believe more in a "final judgement" of one's beliefs, actions, etc. This is inconsistent with many protestant teachings, but since I also don't believe the bible is completely and totally the word of God, I'm OK with that (that's another topic, but in short I believe some of the bible is, and some is not. There is not question it has been edited and revised for many reasons by mankind).